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【书籍搬运】The Apprentice’s Assistant 魔法学徒指南

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原文地址:http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:The_Apprentice%27s_Assistant

作者:阿拉姆里

翻译:花溪流萤

毋庸置疑,你对我的冒险传奇肯定略有耳闻。这些故事在省际间广泛流传,全泰姆瑞尔都对我对我卓越的魔法技巧心存敬畏。我敢肯定,你曾不止一次的这样想“如果我能拥有阿拉姆里的技巧那该多好,这样我也能从魔法对决中赢取声名和财富了。”

毫无疑问这是事实,成功者总会赢得巨大声望以及源源不断的财富。但是不要忘了,想要成功必须站在巨人的肩膀上。相信这就是你们购买本书的原因,为了向我学习,我,毫无疑问,堪称伟大。

接下来列述的将是我的心得,严格遵循教导,假以时日你的大名也能响彻整个泰姆瑞尔大陆。

1 了解对手亦即洞悉他的弱点

魔法相对于剑来说拥有更多变化,优秀的魔法师往往掌握多种魔法组合。不仅如此,还须懂得合理运用魔法的时机。她知道冰霜魔法能够冻结灵活的野兽,冰封凶恶野蛮人以阻止其挥剑。她知道冲击法术可以耗尽对方的魔能。使用幻术戏魔法可以令大群敌人自相残杀(当对手过于弱小以至自认一对一对很难取胜时,常需要一骑当千)也有些魔法可以短暂自我治疗,以免大势已去。

2 了解自己就是洞悉自己的局限

即使最好的魔法师,魔力也相当有限;受玛格纳斯神佑拥有无限魔能储备的人尚未出生。所以优秀的魔法师从不逞强。她始终保留足够的魔力以备自卫之需。即便做不到,她也会确保自己的魔法药水供应充足。如果这种条件也无法达到,她最低限度还能为自己保留退路。虽然强者阿拉姆里从不临阵脱逃,但是你的天赋不及我万一,所以必须勤加练习(逃跑)。

3 防御(魔法盾?)是致命的

毫无疑问,防御(魔法盾)是任何魔法师的基础技巧。它可以阻挡对手释放的魔法,抵消对手的攻击,浪费他们的魔力。然而,优秀的魔法师懂得不可过度依赖防御(魔法盾)。过长时间的使用防御(魔法盾)会榨干魔法师的魔能,导致反击不能,最坏情况甚至不能坚持继续防御随后被击溃。

4 双手施法并不总是优于单手

任何略微高阶的魔法师都知道双手施法会造成更大伤害。当你处于优势,譬如对手已经疲于招架之际,能给其致命一击,或者你想要在人群中释放令你更引人注目。但这通常并不是最佳方案,比如,轻量级魔法常被用于开阔地带与灵活的对手战斗中。这种情况下,分开使用单手魔法拥有更大的适用面。双手释放火球的魔法师并不能即使祭出魔法盾自卫,也不能在在攻击时治疗自己。

5 见机行事,尤其要确保自己能赢

牢记你的第一要务是保命,紧随其后的是卖弄,你必须藉此取悦观众。最终你的事迹还要拜托他们流传。接下来是比魔法层面对决更为重要的要素。如果你能在决斗前估摸出对手的实力,接下来你就拥有巨大的心理优势。知晓你的对手远逊于你非常重要,这意味着你能在人群面前尽情发挥。相反,如若不用比试就知道你处于不胜之地的话(输得太多),你只能因被禁止参加庙会表演,而四处奔波讨生活。(此处并不意指我曾遭遇过此事;我只是发现自己太出名了以至于无法回应每位挑战者)

谨记以上所列事项,放机灵点儿,你也能通过自己展示出的卓越魔法技巧永载史册。不过小心点儿 – 当你足够出名的时候,你面对的可能就是我的挑战!。

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The Apprentice's Assistant
by Aramril
Advice from Valenwood's most prestigious spellcaster


No doubt you have heard tales of my adventures. Stories carried from province to province, all of Tamriel in awe of my feats of magical prowess. More than once, I am sure, you have thought, "If only I had Aramril's ability. Then I too could seek fame and fortune in magic duels!"
It is true, of course. Great fame and limitless fortune await those who are successful. But to be successful, one needs to learn from the best. That is why you have purchased this book, so that I may teach you. I am, of course, the best.
Here, then, is my advice. Follow it, and you too can make a name for yourself throughout Tamriel.
 

1. To know your opponent is to know his weakness.
Infinitely more versatile than a simple blade of steel, a good mage has a wide array of spells at her disposal. More than that, she knows when to best use them. She knows that frost spells can stop a charging beast, or keep a savage brute from swinging his sword. She knows that shock spells can drain her opponent's magicka. She knows that illusion spells can set a group of enemies against each other (should she find herself in a less than fair fight, an all-too-common reality when her opponents know they cannot win in single combat) and that there are spells that can save her in a moment when all seems lost.

2. To know yourself is to know your limits.
Even the best mage has a finite reserve of magicka; none born yet have been graced with Magnus' infinite reserves of power. And so a good mage does not over-extend herself. She makes sure she always has enough magicka to keep herself safe. Failing that, she makes sure she has a sizable supply of potions at the ready. Failing that, she makes sure she always has an escape route. Not that the Great Aramril has ever fled a fight, but of course you do not necessarily share her superb natural ability. That is why you must practice.

3. Wards can kill (you)
There is no question that wards are an essential tool of any aspiring mage. They can block incoming spells, negating your opponent's attack and wasting his magicka. A good mage knows, however, to not rely too heavily on her ward. Keeping a ward readied for too long will leave a caster drained of magicka, unable to retaliate, and at worst unable to maintain the ward and therefore become completely defenseless.

4. Two hands are not always better than one
Any advanced spellcaster has learned to cast spells with both hands, dealing more damage. There are certainly times when this is to your advantage, such as when an opponent is already weakened, or when it is likely to draw a bigger reaction from the crowd that has no doubt gathered to watch you. It is not always the best strategy, however. Concentration spells, for example, can often be used on the ground when an opponent is especially nimble. In that instance, using both hands independently can cover more ground at the same time. A mage throwing fireballs with both hands cannot immediately raise a ward to defend herself, or heal while she continues to attack.

5. Always rise to a challenge, especially when you know you can win
Remember that your first priority is, of course, to stay alive. Following closely behind, though, is your need to please the crowd. You are, after all, depending on their generosity to fund your adventures. Here, then, more than magic comes into play. If you can gain a sense of your opponent's ability before the duel begins, you can enter into the event with confidence. Knowing that you outclass your opponent is of great importance, as it means you can confidently give the crowd a better show. Likewise, knowing ahead of time that you could very well lose a duel, you are afforded an opportunity to suddenly find yourself engaged elsewhere, and be unable to attend the event. (By no means do I suggest that I have ever done such a thing; I simply find that my great fame occasionally means I am unable to respond to every single request for a duel.)
Keep these few things in mind, keep your wits about you, and you too can make a name for yourself by putting on great displays of magical prowess. Take care, though - for if you become successful enough, you may find yourself facing a challenge from me!

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